which reportedly takes place every year during the
vespers of Pascha
in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
- About: Quick Reference:
- About: Eyewitness Accounts:
Photos of Holy Week in Jerusalem, by Jeanne Clark [Willamette
Photographs of the Holy Fire, 1994, allegedly showing its
[Fr. A. Stylianakis]
- The Distribution of the Sacred Fire, by Wm. Holman Hunt:
This 1898 painting, now in Harvard's Fogg Museum, was the
artist's last work: while painting it on location in Jerusalem, he began
to go blind.
Caution: This image was overtly meant as propaganda,
ridiculing the "superstition," "fanaticism," and "priestcraft" of the
Greeks and Armenians (with
whom the Church of England was then engaged in an early version of
dialogue"). Nonetheless, it is quite interesting as a glimpse, albeit
of XIX Century Orthodox life. Because of the picture's size
and detail, the online versions do not do it justice.
Colour reproduction of picture. [Art Magick]
"The Miracle of the Holy Fire", in
Replete with Meaning: William Holman Hunt and Typological
Symbolism, by G. P. Landow:
Discusses the picture's background. [Victorian Web]
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